Grow In Grace!

December 27th, 2013

Grace Baptist Church 2014 Spiritual Life Journals
The Universal Law Of Stupidity says, “Do The Same Thing Over And Over Again Hoping For A Different Result.” Are you tired of trying harder, and feeling guilty with very little honest to goodness change in your life? The solution is not difficult or even complicated. The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” The Faith that it takes to please God is found in only one place according to Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Nothing spiritually will really change in any of our lives unless we get more committed to a deeper and more consistent relationship with our Bibles.

For over a decade now our church has furnished our members and friends with a very valuable tool to help in developing a deeper walk with God. Next Sunday, January 5th, on the first Sunday of the New-Year once again this tool will be made available free of charge to all in attendance here at Grace. Our 2014 spiritual life journal will be given out next Sunday evening for our annual Vision Night Service. Let’s Grow In Grace together in 2014.

To Grow In Grace requires that you and I allow God to change us from the inside out as we meditate upon and absorb God’s Holy Word in our daily lives. To ignore personal Bible study, weekly attendance in Sunday School, Sunday morning church, Sunday evening church and Wednesday evening Bible study is purposefully planning spiritual failure or at the very least continued mediocrity. With God’s help, 2014 can be the greatest year in the spiritual life of any believer who wants to become a Joshua 1:8 kind of Christian.

Resolve to get into God’s Word every day in 2014. Make it a priority to faithfully attend and get involved in the weekly services of your church. If your church does not have Sunday evening and a midweek service, challenge your pastor and the leadership team of your church to get out of their comfort zone and seriously consider becoming a 3 service a week church. Maybe you should even consider finding a new church that does not just cater to a Sunday morning only approach to the Christian life. Don’t forget that “What You Do With The Bible Determines What God Does With You.” My personal challenge to you is make 2014 the greatest year yet in your spiritual life by taking your relationship with the Bible to another level.

For the next 12 months here at Grace Baptist Church we are in fact Ready, Roused and Resolved to discover the personal potential in all of us as we Grow In Grace. For the first quarter of 2014 our monthly church themes are:

January 2014 – Discovering The Power Of Grace

February 2014 – Developing The Passion With Grace

March 2014 – Displaying The Praise For Grace

 

Faithfulness In Unfaithful Times!

December 17th, 2013


Grace Baptist Church - Sunday Morning, December 15th, 2013
Last Sunday it snowed nearly 12 inches here in Gaylord. Most churches would have canceled their services. We were not trying to be tough, it just seemed like enough folks could get to church safely so we decided to have church. We ran all 10 of our bus routes in spite of the snowy weather. God gave us a good solid Sunday with well over 800 in church and a packed house again on Sunday night. I am so thankful for the incredible faithfulness of our people. Some of the finest Christians I know serve in the ministries of this great church.

Faithfulness is important. The scriptures admonishes us in Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

Verse 23 lets us know that Jesus is faithful. Since he is our example, we must also be faithful.  The Scriptures indicate that Jesus, who is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28) was faithful to the Sabbath and, according to Luke 4:16, He was regularly found in the House of God. “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” If Jesus is our example, then faithfulness to God’s house is following His example.

After we have professed our faith we must hold on to our brand new salvation without wavering.  To waver means to reel or totter back and forth as though one would give up or quit.  We are helped to hold on to our profession of faith by gaining from the strength and encouragement of others, as well as being strong and encouraging to others. Hearing the testimonies of how God is moving in the lives of others is so encouraging.  Seeing the love that is demonstrated among the Saints provokes and inspires each of us to do likewise.  The best way to see this godly behavior in action is by coming together on a regular basis. That is called CHURCH!

Some carnal believers (those who claim to know God but feel that they do not need the church experience) insist that they do not need to go to church because they can read and study the Bible on their own, their own way.  The Bible, however, tells us that we are to do several things for each other as a body of believers.  We are to encourage and comfort each other, and to bear one another’s burdens.  (I Thess. 4:17-18; II Cor. 1:3-4; Gal. 6: 2) This is called CHURCH!

Building caring relationships with other Saints is not only good for our emotional health, but it is the basis of our Christian commitment. We do not attend church to be saved. We do so because we are saved.  Some of the hardest trials of our Christian life often come when we are initially saved.  Family members or friends often challenge us and try to change our minds about our new found commitment to Christ.  You can be certain the Devil will come after us with a furry.  Any number of things may come against us.  Our commitment must be, “I will be faithful to the House of God”. When we realize that all of the negative circumstances are simply staged by the enemy, it should be even easier for us to refuse to back down.

Dear friend, you must remember that being faithful to the House of God is an important commitment.  It is at church that we learn what pleases the Lord, how we are to live, act and be as Saints of God.  We need the Word of God that is Preached In Church, the worship of God that is Encouraged In Church, the presence of God that is Experienced In Church and the modeling of good behavior of the established and strong Saints that is Demonstrated In Church.  Our own lives, no matter how new we are in Christ, can motivate, inspire and validate others.  Let us all be faithful to the House of God! I’ll see you next time the doors are opened!

Blogger & Twitter!

December 12th, 2013

If you are reading this you obviously are following this Blog. I really appreciate you taking the time to let me both Encourage and Edify you through this media. My normal Blog’s tend to be a little more In-Depth and Intense than what many Blog posts attempt. I just passed 19,000 different individuals who have viewed this Blog. I guess that's a few folks but I sure would like to help even more folks.

There is another method of regular media I use in addition to this Blog and that is Twitter. If you would like to stay connected to both me and the busy ministry of Grace Baptist Church, Grace Baptist College and The Living Word FM then get on Twitter and follow my many daily Twitter Post. I promise you that I will seek to be a Blessing and not a Bother!

Miracle Months At Grace Baptist College

December 10th, 2013

Boyne Mountain
The spring semester is just one month away, January 10th, 2014. The excitement is running high here at Grace Baptist Church and Grace Baptist College as we get ready for a new church and school year. Northern Michigan is a winter wonderland this time of year. There are 7 downhill ski resorts within a 35 mile radius of our college. This is one of the most beautiful regions of the nation but it is especially a blast in the wintertime. I always look forward to skiing several times during the second semester with many of our college students.

The highlights of the spring semester are the two biggest conferences on our annual calendar - TEEN SPEC and the OLD FASHIONED CAMP MEETING. The 26th annual Teen Spec is February 27th - March 1st, 2014. The 21st annual Old Fashioned Camp Meeting is May 12th - 15th, 2014. Thousands attend these two great meetings each year here in Gaylord. Our students get to participate in these Miracle Meetings each spring semester. In addition to these national conferences several other miraculous things are taking place behind the scenes right now here at GRACE.

Teen Spec
It is not too late to get your application submitted and experience Grace Baptist College for yourself for the spring semester 2014. Come experience the college of miracles!

When The Joy Is Gone!


November 25th, 2013


Yesterday we had A WONDERFUL Sunday here at Grace Baptist Church. In both the morning and evening services the building was full. On Saturday two of our men were able to lead two teenage brothers to the Lord while out soul winning. Both teenage young men came to church yesterday morning and they brought their mom with them. This precious mother also received Christ as her Saviour and came forward in the invitation at the conclusion of the service professing her faith in Jesus Christ. In addition to this family five more precious souls were saved and once again God moved in a mighty way here at Grace. Yesterday was yet another Sunday for joy and celebration.  We rejoice that folks have joined us on the journey of faith.  Yet, not every day is so joyous.  The truth is that sometimes the pain that we can and do experience in life robs us of our joy.

We live in a world that is full of brokenness and pain.  Loved ones get sick.  Marriages get stretched to the breaking point.  Our friends at times betray us.  The nation is polarized.  The economy still hasn’t recovered and jobs are hard to find.  Morally we seem to lose ground almost every day.  The news reports speak of winter storms, hurricanes, floods, tornados and earthquakes.  The threat of terrorism persists.  The list could go on and on for hours. 

Lingering in the hearts of many Christians is that nagging sense that things aren't quite right, not as they could be, nor as they should be.  Many feel guilt, condemnation and failure. It leaves us asking the tough questions of life.  Why aren't things better?  Why cannot I get on the victory side in my Christian life?

The Prophet Jeremiah served God in a time when “When Joy was Gone” or at least hard to find. Jeremiah 8:18 “When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me.” The prophet asked in Jeremiah 8:22 “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?”

Jeremiah is wondering about those promises God has made? Why haven't we been restored? Why haven't we been made whole?   Even those of us who have committed ourselves to living lives of faithful obedience to God may wonder at times if such faith makes any difference. We pray for years for the soul of a friend or loved one; we plead with God to make our relationships better; we tithe faithfully but still struggle to find a job that can pay the bills and provide for the family.  We live the wholesome lifestyle prescribed by the scriptures but still experience chronic pain or sickness.  We do our best to "trust and obey" but still we sometimes wonder if God even knows or cares. 

So why is there so much evil in this world? Why do we face such tremendous tragedies? Where is God in all of this?  For Jeremiah it was clear. God had spoken to him directly. It was God's judgment upon the nation of Israel who had strayed from their relationship with God.  God was behind it.  

What did Jesus have to say about the trials and tribulations of this life?  Jesus never really answered directly why much of the hurt and hard ache in our world occurs. He did say that it was not because of sin in the story of the man born blind in John 9. On another occasion in Luke 13 Jesus said that the collapse of a large building in Jerusalem, which killed 18 people, did not happen because they were more guilty sinners than any others living in the city. He said plainly that all of us have a need to repent.

We have to accept, by faith, that God is sovereign, and that He is a God of love and mercy and compassion in the midst of suffering.”  The truth is, we don't know why children die. WE don't know why hurricanes make last minute turns, sparing some while bringing devastation to others. We don't why troubles seem only to multiply for some folks. We don't know why healthy folks get cancer. There are so many things we just don't know. 

Praise God for what we do know!  We do know that God's love for us has no boundary. We do know that there is a God who can heal us. There is a God who can soothe the pain and mend the heart. We know it is so.  

I love the old negro- spiritual that says “There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.” That balm, my precious friend, is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Physician. He has a ministry of touching the untouchable, embracing the erring, healing the hurting, and forgiving the fallen.

In the Lord Jesus Christ we encounter a God who will not abandoned us even in our sin. Friend, it is for that reason, we find the strength to look beyond the days when joy is gone and live for the day when joy shall be return. Friend, until we see the Saviour face to face, our pain is God's pain. Yesterday here at Grace Baptist Church we saw once again that Jesus can set the sinner free and make him or her brand new! Oh what Joy! Oh what Glory!

This Thanksgiving Season let’s spread the message far and near – Jesus Cares!  I love the hymn written by Frank E. Graeff, in 1901.

Does Jesus Care When My Heart Is Pained
Too Deeply For Mirth Or Song,
As The Burdens Press, And The Cares Distress,
And The Way Grows Weary And Long?

Oh, Yes, He Cares, I Know He Cares,
His Heart Is Touched With My Grief;
When The Days Are Weary, The Long Nights Dreary,
I Know My Savior Cares.

The Commands Of Christ!
 

November 2nd, 2013


In (Matthew 28:20) Jesus said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” We are to teach all the commands of Christ.


Now listen to what the Apostle Paul was inspired by the Holy Ghost to write in (I Cor.14:37) “If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” All of the Apostle’s inspired epistles - Romans, I Corinthians, II Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians I Thessalonians, II Thessalonians, I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus, Philemon, and Hebrews are the Commands Of Christ.


These verses run contrary to the falsehoods taught in much contemporary preaching today. This is a Significant and Serious Subject about which there is so much Confusion (I Cor. 14:33) in Contemporary Christianity! It is the Misunderstanding and Misinterpretation of this subject that is the reason So Many Of Our Children Turn Their Back on Historic and Authentic Christianity!

 
There is an offshoot of Christianity today that is teaching the false doctrine that the New Testament or New Covenant is only about Relationships not Rules. This reasoning believes that since we have been set free by Christ there are essential very few Rules in the New Covenant. This offshoot which is actually a contemporary version of hyper-dispensationalism has taken out of context a conversation Jesus had with a lawyer in (Matthew 22:35-40). Listen to this conversation - “Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”  


Does this mean that Loving God and Loving My Neighbor is all that Christ Commands? Absolutely not! What Jesus was saying was that all the COMMANDS / RULES of the Bible involve my Relationship With God and my Relationship With My Fellow Man!


The First 4 of the 10 Commandments Involve My Relationship With God And The Next 6 Involve My Relationship With My Fellow Man! Right between commandment 2 and 3 the Bible says in (Exodus 20:6)And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

We cannot divorce obedience from love. Jesus established this continuing principle in (John 14:15) “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Listen to the inspired words of John in (I John 5:2) “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.


Here Is The QuestionIs It Legalism To Seek To Obey The Commands Of Christ? One of the leading Bible scholars of the last generation said that, “By Focusing On The Selected Key Commands Spoken By Jesus In The Gospels There Are a Total Of 382 Spoken Commands By Jesus Which Were In The Imperative Tense In The Original Greek.” Now this does not even deal with the fact that the Apostle Paul stated in (I Cor. 14:37) that The Things That He Wrote Unto You And I Are The Commandments Of The Lord, as well. 


Here Is The Real Issue - How Can We Be True Disciples Of The Lord Jesus Christ? Discipleship is what the Christian life is all about. But how do we know when we are true Disciples? And how do we know when we have successfully trained someone else to be a Disciple? (Matthew 28:20) is the Curriculum For Christlikeness. Jesus said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

 
There is no denying Jesus Gave Commands (MANY). If you consider yourself to belong to Jesus Christ in any sense then how can you ignore what He said? If His commands were to be ignored then why did He give them and why were they written down? If He did not expect us to obey them then why did He ask in (Luke 6:46) “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”


Since Salvation Is Free and Available Only By The Grace Of Jesus, Some Believe That It Is Inappropriate To Suggest That Jesus Had Any Commandments Other Than The 2 In (Matthew 22). There is no doubt that the Bible makes it very clear That Faith In Jesus Is The Only Way To Be Born Again And Go To Heaven. But as you observe the many Commands Of Christ throughout the gospels it becomes abundantly clear that God is not only The God Of Grace, God is also The God Of Expectations.


The Commands Of Christ apply to all Jesus followers. His atoning grace has set us free from the Jewish ceremonial laws found in the Old Testament. However, Jesus said in (Matthew 5:17) that He didn’t come to Abolish The Law, but to Fulfill The Law. Jesus had a high view of His Father’s Moral Commands, and he paid the price to set us free from the penalty of having broken them. Now, his life and words affirm that as His Disciples, We Do Have Commands To Observe not to Merit His Grace but to Show Our Gratitude For His Grace. Do not let some false teachers and modern day libertarians lead you into the false doctrine that seeking to please God is legalism. 


The Awesome Rewards of obeying Christ’s Commands are not Heaven (That Would Be Salvation By Works - Which Is The True Definition Of Legalism) but they are Hope & Honor, Blessings & Bountifulness, Wisdom & Walking In His Presence, Joyfullness &Successfulness! The Commands Of Christ are really just God’s Rules For Living, and they are intended to help me toward an abundant life, not to limit my freedom?


Ordaining The Next Generation!

October 21th, 2013
 

Sunday evening, October 20th we were thrilled to ordain 8 of our recent college graduates into the gospel ministry. It is absolutely essential that a new generation of spirit filled, divinely called Men of God join the fight for right in these crucial days. Here at Grace we are striving to that end! I love investing my life and energies into young men who are excited about serving the Saviour.

An overflow crowd packed into our building last night to see a very moving service. We ordained these fine men:

1.       Bro. Adam Ewing

2.       Bro. Josh Ewing

3.       Bro, Grant Gerdom

4.       Bro. James Hogge

5.       Bro. Mike Linhart

6.       Bro. Mike McCracken

7.       Bro. Ben Potter

8.       Bro. Jeremiah Young

Pray for these tremendous young men and their families as they serve the Lord. Six of these young men of God are serving on our church, school and college staff. It should continue to thrill all of our hearts to see young people dedicating their lives to preach the gospel.

Cancer!
 
October 4th, 2013
 

 


On September 10, 2013 I was informed by my Dermatologist that my previous week’s biopsy had come back from the pathologist positive. I tried to not over react as I calmly asked the doctor what my next step would be. He informed me that I had Stage I Melanoma. He was reassuring, but explained to me that the window for action was narrow.

We set the surgery date for September 16th at 7:15 AM. The surgery was far more intense than I originally suspected. The Melanoma was right in the middle of my left cheek. The doctor explained that due to the deadly history of Melanoma, especially in the later stages, he was going to be fairly aggressive.

The doctor removed a 5mm margin of healthy tissue that surrounded the cancer during the surgery. This resulted in the removal of a quarter size piece of tissue from my face. We waited two days for the pathology report to determine if they had gotten all of the cancer or if they would have to remove more tissue. On Wednesday, September 18th we got the pathology report back. They got all the cancer. Of course our family, especially my precious wife, were all relieved. At 5:10 PM the reconstructive surgery took place to repair the large section of missing tissue in the middle of my left cheek.  God certainly guided the surgeon’s hands as he carefully replaced the skin that had been removed. Thankfully I did not have a skin graph from another part of my body, which rarely ever looks right. The surgeon was able to actually through a very complex surgery move enough skin around on my face to actually cover the spot where the cancer had been removed. This compromise resulted in a large scar on my left cheek, from my left ear to within about an inch of my mouth. The reconstructive surgery lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes. I received 22 shots in my left cheek (That Hurt) and 42 stitches. The stitches were removed on September 26th. I am now on the grateful road to recovery.

So many others have faced a much more difficult journey with cancer than my own, but nonetheless I have a new compassion and comprehension of the fear and anxiousness that just the word “Cancer” creates. As I prayed today, for my friends and church members who are presently battling cancer, a sermon illustration I have used in the past came to mind. Let me share it with you today?

A few years ago, Dr. John Piper was Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer. Out of his battle with his disease, he wrote an article entitledDon’t Waste Your Cancer. In that article, Dr. Piper mentions 10 Mistakes People Make When They Deal With Cancer that cause them to miss what God is doing in their lives. I want to share a few of the observations Dr. Piper made in his article. I will change the word cancer to valley, because the truth of the statements he makes are valid whether we are dealing with cancer or with the valleys of life:


1.  You Will Waste Your Valley If You Do Not Believe It Was Designed For You By God. It is not enough to say that God merely uses the valleys of life. We must also acknowledge that He designs them just for us.
2. You Will Waste Your Valley If You Think It Is A Curse And Not A Gift. It is through what some call a curse that the faithful saint experiences the tender mercies and gracious ministries of the Lord.
3. You Will Waste Your Valley If You Spend Too Much Time Reading About Your Valley And Not Enough Time Reading About Christ. In the midst of our pain, we need to turn to the Word of God to look into His face for the help we need.
4. You Will Waste Your Valley If You Allow It To Drive You Into Solitude Instead Allowing It To Deepen Your Relationships With Others. It may be that God sent your valley to help someone else. When we cut ourselves off during our valley seasons, we deprive them of the opportunity to minister to us in the love of Christ.
5. You Will Waste Your Valley If You Grieve As Those Who Have No Hope. God uses our valleys to teach those around us that there is hope. Hopeless should not be a part of our lives. The saint of God must walk with their hope anchored in Jesus, even during the painful valleys of live.
6. You Will Waste Your Valley If You Treat Sin As Casually As You Did Before. The valley should be a place of refinement where the saints of God make a definite move away from sin and its influence.
7. You Will Waste Your Valley If You Fail To Use It As A Means Of Witnessing To The Glory And Truth Of Jesus Christ. We are never anywhere by accident.

 

Praise The Lord For A Purpose!

September 10th, 2013



With the armies of Israel being Challenged and the God of Israel being Defied, young David could contain himself no longer when he declared in    (I Samuel 17:29) “…Is there not a cause?” Life’s purpose is realized to its fullest when we give ourselves to a cause bigger than ourselves.


There is no bigger cause than the preaching of the Cross of Jesus Christ. (Acts 8:5) says, “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.” In the next chapter we find these words in (Acts 9:20) “And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.” The Apostle declared in (I Corinthians 1:23) “But we preach Christ crucified…”


This must be more than a Phrase or even a Position it must be our Passion and our Purpose. Believing in the message of the cross is the difference between Heaven and Hell. Here at Grace Baptist Church and Grace Baptist College we are passionately striving to keep the message of the cross our central focus.


This past weekend we had the tremendous joy of seeing 24 teenagers saved on an overnight youth activity. On Sunday 20 of them were baptized. This week I am preaching at the Northeast Regional Rock Of Ages Prison Ministry Conference in Jeannette, PA and at the National Passing The Mantel Conference in Walls, MS. When I get home we will host this Friday and Saturday our annual Grace Baptist Ladies Conference. Ladies normally attend this great two day conference from 6 or 7 states. This is a very busy week in the life of our church and ministry but it is worth all the Effort and Energy because of the Gospel. Praise The Lord For A Purpose!
 

GBC Fall Semester Is Off To A Great Start!
 
September 5th, 2013
 
This morning I challenged the students of Grace Baptist College in my second chapel sermon of the 2013 fall semester to be both Spirit Filled and Spirit Led Christian workers. Understanding the Holy Spirits duel job of making us Comfortable and Uncomfortable was the theme of the hour.  Jesus said in, (John 16:7–8) “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” To be effective in our Christian service we must embrace both the Comforting and the Convicting work of the Holy Spirit.


We have another great school year up and running. We are excited to have a full campus but it is not how many enroll each year that is my greatest concern. Our energy is being invested in producing well trained and thoroughly prepared graduates. We are committed to producing graduates that, put their hand to the plow and practice what they have learned. Our students spend four years learning, both in the classrooms and through hands-on experience, how to serve as diligent and faithful laborers in the work of the ministry. They labor alongside our wonderful and diligent church family, and they are leaving this miracle church with a vision to do something great for God across the county and around the world. Yet the ministry requires more than a vision. It requires work. Jesus said that one who would follow Him as a disciple must “put his hand to the plough” (Luke 9:62). Truly, the ministry is labor. Yes, it is rewarding labor; yes, it is joyous labor; yes, it is fulfilling labor. But the benefits don’t come through shortcuts. Every man or woman who would engage in ministry must do it with a commitment to labor and to roll up their sleeves and personally involve themselves in gathering the harvest. Please pray for this 2013 student body of Grace Baptist College.


In the next few weeks we will be ordaining 6 of our recent graduates who are all now serving in full time ministry. We are enjoying a thrilling time at one of America’s most exciting Christian colleges as we are preparing laborers for the harvest.

Be Free Movement

August 22nd, 2013

John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”

John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
 
The greatest day in my life, after I became a Christian, was when I Experienced and Embraced both My Position and My Freedom in Christ. When I fully understood that I was no longer under condemnation and that I was complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10) it was truly a liberating experience. Thank God I Am Free In Christ!

With this glorious truth firmly established in my heart I have been deeply troubled by a burgeoning movement that is creeping into our churches and Christian homes in recent days that masquerades as Freedom In Christ. I recently heard this doctrinal twist perfectly defined as the Be Free Movement! These Be Free-ers appear to believe what I have just stated, but in fact are the latest victims of cult like doctrinal winds that are sweeping the land.

The Be Free Movement is causing much confusion (I Cor. 14:33) in contemporary Christianity! It is the misunderstanding and misinterpretation of this subject that is the reason so many of our children turn their back on Historic and Authentic Christianity! This offshoot of Christianity is teaching the false doctrine that the New Testament is only about Grace Based Relationships – and that the Old Testament that is all about Law Based Rules.

This offshoot which is actually a contemporary version of hyper-dispensationalism has taken out of context a conversation Jesus had with a lawyer in, Matthew 22:35-40  Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Does this mean that Loving God and Loving My Neighbor is all that Christ Commands? Absolutely not! What Jesus was saying was that all the Commands / Rules of the Bible involve my Relationship With God and my Relationship With My Fellow Man!


The First 4 Of The 10 Commandments Involve My Relationship With God And The Next 6 Involve My Relationship With My Fellow Man! We cannot divorce obedience from love. Jesus established this continuing principle in, John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Listen to the inspired words of John in, I John 5:2 “By this we know that we love the children of God (OUR NEIGHBOR), when we love God (OUR GOD), and keep his commandments.”

 
Most Be Free-ers have bought into the false teaching that any preaching about living by Biblical convictions and seeking to live a holy life is Legalism. Is it Legalism to try and please God with our obedience? Nothing could be further from the truth! Legalism is simply adding works to grace in an attempt to merit salvation. Living Holy Is Not Legalism! The New Testament standard is spelled out in, I Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

 
The scripture has so much more to say about our true Liberty In Christ. A small sampling would include:

 
Romans 6:22 “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

 
II Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” This is not talking about liberty to do as we please. I am now at liberty to serve God because I have been set free from the bondage of my debilitating sins.

 
Galatians 5:13 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”

 
I Peter 2:16 “As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.”

 
Allow To Make A Few Closing Remarks about the true nature of our Freedom In Christ:


1.  Salvation In Christ Liberates Me To Serve Christ Fully, Not To Serve My Carnal 
      Flesh.

2.  In Christ I Am Free From The Flesh To Serve Christ Not Free From Christ To    
      Serve The Flesh.

3.  As A Believer I Am Free For Christ, Not Free From Christ.

4.  Freedom In Christ Is Not Freedom From Christ.

5.  I Have Found Liberty In The Saviour Not Liberty From The Scriptures.

6.  In Christ I Am Not Free Too Sin, But Free From Sin.

7.  I Am Liberated To Serve The Higher Master Of The Saviour & The Scriptures  
      Rather Than The Lower Master Of Sin & Satan.

8.  Freedom In Christ Liberates Me From Sin It Does Not Give Me A License To Sin.

9.  You Cannot Serve Two Masters – Its Sin Or The Saviour, It’s The Flesh Or The 
      Father, Its Self Or The Spirit.

10. Obedience To The Saviour Liberates Me From The Bondage Of Sin.

11. A Relationship With No Boundaries Is Not Liberty It Is Anarchy.

12. Grace Frees A Man From The Power Of Sin So He Can Follow The Precious  
       Saviour.

13. The Liberated Christian Life Is A Pathway To Righteousness And Holiness Not To
       Rebellion And Hedonism.

14. A Liberated Believer Should Not Be Free From Scriptural Convictions But Should
      Be Free From Sinful Addictions.

15. The Saviour Has Liberated Me From Harmful Habits Not From Holy Habits.

16. The Spirits Leadership Does Not Free Me From The Restraints Of The Scriptures
       But From The Rigors Of Sin.

17. Christ Has Enabled Us To Break Free From The Bondage Of Sin Not The
       Boundaries Of Scripture.
 

Romans 6:1–2 “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” If your Liberty In Christ causes you to enjoy the sermon Sunday morning while you enjoy the six pack of beer you have in the fridgerator at home on Sunday afternoon, you have totally misunderstood what Freedom In Christ is all about!


The scriptures do not teach that we can obtain sinless perfection, but they do instruct us to endeavor to live for the Savior, not for Sin or for Self. I am a Happy Christian, and the Holier I live the Happier I am. I encourage you my dear friend, to put Christ first in your life and you will not Abuse The Grace Of God but rather will find yourself Appreciating The Grace Of God.  Titus 2:11–12 “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.”